Dive deep into Kenneth T. Jackson’s Crabgrass Frontier with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. CRABGRASS. FRONTIER. /1’1. The Suburbanization of the United States. Kenneth 1: Jackson. New York. Oxford. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. -~. Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, In Crabgrass Frontier, Kenneth T.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Yet Rao offered examples related to colonialism that disputed such assertions. Are we more enlightened today? The upper classes lived within walking distance of work and cultural activities, while the poor laborers lived in the suburbs, or the rough edges of town.

For instance, the author says that people who work from home or “day-traders” will not be a “thing” as their history at the time of the book’s writing has been a failure.

Review “A compelling narrative This is neither a pro nor an anti suburbanization piece of work, although it sometimes attributes social stratification and other inner city illnesses to this pattern of urban development. There was so much amazi “The US is not only the world’s first suburban nation, but it will also be its last. Also dominant in the book is the notion that the wealthy began the flight from the city first — something that the middle classes eventually emulated as city tax rates gradually increased to pay for resulting urban problems – as the poorer classes remained in the older central urban areas.

The passion of the author, and the light writing style, makes this a great book for the historical dabbler as well. Should they have been more enlightened by the s? Residents wanted to pattern them after the big cities.

The Millennial generation has displayed a sharp preference for city living over the burbs, and car ownership is on the decline.

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I could have done with less of that, but so many of the tidbits are delightful, from the horse-car and its effects on the weak-willed: Seemingly as soon as they were able, the crsbgrass and later the middle class abandoned the cities in favor of neighborhoods set in the country, first commuting into the city and then commuting to other areas outside it once jobs followed the wealth out of town. Issues of congestion, decentralization, and black migration jadkson the departure of whites first to the urban periphery frontieer then to the suburbs.

Tracing attitudes toward city and country back into the nineteenth century Jackson illustrates the evolving combination of frontidr toward the city as morally degrading, single family homes as an ideal, and the Romantic ideal of leisurely appreciation of nature. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The United States had more land than it knew what to do with.


Even as improved transportation made it possible to leave the city, changes in residential planing, home construction, and changes in state laws helped create the suburbs they fled to. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Crabgrass Frontierwith its cleverly titled allusion to Turner, is a classic work and winner of the Bancroft Prize, while it may be au courant to note its outmoded predictions or traditional prose, one must see it in its time and place it within its historiographical context. Views Page Discussion View source History. The automobile gets a lot of attention later in the book, which is about the point where Jackson drops the pretense of neutrality and begins to wear his crabhrass feelings on his sleeve.

It’s a union of two other great books on the subject the ones frongier above that is worth reading, especially those interested in urban planning and social and economical development.

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The politics of space: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America Since Jackson never intended to write an architectural history of suburbia, Harris notes, the book fails to really explore this aspect.

Dec 30, Andrew Fairweather rated it really liked it Shelves: I also found helpful Jackson’s exploration of the shifting importance of the nuclear family in the 19th century, in addition to the escalating domain of ‘private life’ over public. Jackson shows that the history of suburbia predates the post-WWII era. In fact, it began long before its emergence on the modern landscape.

While it is an informational book, I found enough of it to be presented in an entertaining way to be more than simply details. But all in all it is definitely worth the read. At the same time, government policies promoted suburban expansion, directly and indirectly, by promoting home ownership through subsidized loans and highways. But before all of that, perhaps the most haunting aspect of this book is the dedication to Jackson’s son, who had died in a car accident.

Context means everything—or least, some things. As travel by cars grew in popularity, suburban developers influenced city boards to build parkways and commuter highways and created instant value in potential land development projects.

Local indigenous elites sometimes did the same. One person found this helpful.

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In close reading, what frintier out are the meta questions about place, use and geography and perhaps this social geography is the reading that has the most relevance for me.


Betweenhowever, the situation began to change in the United States. This history crabgrss the suburb is valuable in so many ways, but I found the organization of the book with the many sub-headings made it seem like reading the text for a documentary and I kept hearing the accompanying voice of a narrator in my head. The building of an efficient network of roads, highways and superhighways, and the underwriting of mortgages for suburban one-family homes, had an enormous influence on the pace of suburbanization.

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While acknowledging that “suburbs” of some kind are as old as civilization, 12 Jackson argues that American suburbanization began in and is fundamentally unique to the United States jackskn a variety of reasons. While he does cite some connections to English antecedents, he clearly sees its development in the United States as being a singularly American feature.

These social scientists suggest that the historical processes of suburbanization and decentralization are instances of white privilege that have contributed to contemporary patterns craabgrass environmental racism.

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Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

This phenomenon runs counter to much of the rest of the world, where slums mostly exist outside the city, rather than within them. For him, the net result of Federal Government housing policy was the concentration of the poor in the cities, while middle class, usually white individuals flocked to the suburbs, which were touted as refuges from the crime and moral decay of American cities. Don’t have a Kindle? Jackson provides a comprehensive analysis of the the move to the suburbs in America.

Sep 03, Nathan Albright rated it it was ok Shelves: Boy would I like an update. Outside of economics, citrus production deeply shaped local demographics, architecture, and development. Customers who bought this item also bought.